PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - The Coast Guard Cutter Forward returns to Portsmouth Monday after a 45-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea.
"It feels very good to come back from a 45-day patrol, having left just after Thanksgiving and to come back with two busts, and know that over $50 million worth of drugs are out of that supply chain," Cmdr. Greg Wisener said.
The crew seized the narcotics in support of Operation Martillo.
"Operation Martillo is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort launched in January 2012, targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus," a release from the Coast Guard explained.
Although the crew missed the holidays, Commander Rachel Lewis said she had an important role in protecting the future.
"We all have families," Lewis said. "I have two little ones and so it's important in everyone's lives to make sure that we can stop it. Either on a little scale or helping the other nations because it's definitely a worldwide concern."
Tributes from those who knew Nelson Mandela began pouring in from across the globe, including words from two Hampton Roads leaders.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation says dredging beneath the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge will likely begin Friday afternoon.
State police is conducting a criminal investigation after a vehicle crashing into a residence on the Eastern Shore.
David Karl Becker, a Navy SEAL, was arrested on four charges related to stealing and selling government-owned firearms and ammunition.
Newport News Police said they are looking for the person who drove into the wall of a car wash and stole a control box.
Virginia lawmakers and officials commented on the passing of Nelson Mandela Friday, December 5, 2013. Mandela was 95 years old.
The Chesapeake Police Department is seeking any information about these 10 wanted suspects. If you know anything, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.